Sunday, February 24, 2019

A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: Chocolate-Themed Movies

In honor of tonight's Academy Awards, I will be eating chocolate. There are a lot of great movies that involve Chocolate, and I've put together a short list. There are a lot of movies with Chocolate in the title that have nothing or little to do with chocolate, as well as movies with fabulous chocolate 'scenes', but which are also not chocolate-themed, so I've skipped those. I hope you enjoy this list. Make some Chocolate Covered Popcorn and watch! Recipe at the end of this post.

Chocolat.  2000. A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. Based on the book by Joanne Harris with Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Alfred Molina.

Like Water for Chocolate. Como agua para chocolate. 1992. Based on the novel by Mexican author Laura Esquivel.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. 1971 with Gene Wilder. Based on the book by Roald Dahl.

Consuming Passions. Cioccolato Bollente. 1988 in Italian, made in the UK. Black Comedy about a young executive who tries to modernize a chocolate factory.

Bread and Chocolate Pane e cioccolata. 1973 Italian film about an Italian immigrant in Switzerland trying to make a better life for himself while dealing with increasing bigotry and bad luck.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 2005. Johnny Depp. Based on the Roald Dahl book. Not as good as the original movie.

Lessons in Chocolate. 2007. (lezioni di cioccolato) Italian film set in the chocolate world of Perugia.

Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King (documentary). 1995

Kings of Pastry.  (documentary) 2009. Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hopes of being declared one of the best. Prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition. Not just chocolate, but there's a lot of chocolate!


Make a bag of popcorn (buttered or plain) and pop it according to the directions.
Put popped popcorn into large bowl or flat baking pan (for more even distribution).
Melt dark or white chocolate or both (in separate bowls) in top of double boiler (or in microwave).
Drizzle chocolate on popcorn. You can always add more chocolate, but you can't remove it, so use sparingly.

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